Friday, November 21, 2014

November 22 & 23: La Farge Pre-Thanksgiving Sale

Discount Books Only
Open to the public both days, no members-only hours.

• Saturday 22nd: 10:00 AM–4:00 PM
• Sunday 23rd: 1:00–3:30 PM, Bag Day (bag provided)

La Farge Branch Library
1730 Llano St.

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Armistice Day: In Remembrance and Hope

On Tuesday, most governmental agencies in Santa Fe, including the public libraries, will be closed in observance of Veterans Day. Like Independence Day, Veterans Day is a federal holiday that is always observed on a particular date because of its historical association with that date -- November 11th. Monday marks the ninety-sixth anniversary of the day in 1918 when, at 11:00 am, the armistice signed by Allied and German commanders in a railroad car (pictured) in northern France took effect and the guns of The Great War were silenced. Over four years of carnage and terrible destruction, costing millions of military and civilian lives, had ended. All was, finally, quiet on the western front.

Because it was the armistice on this date (and not the subsequent peace treaties) that actually halted the fighting, November 11th came to be recognized as the end of “the war to end all wars." In the United States the 11th was called Armistice Day until 1954; across the Atlantic it became Remembrance Day -- a day to honor the memory and sacrifice of the war dead. Many nations observe an official "Two Minutes Silence" on November 11th at 11:00 am, to encourage people to stop their routine activity and pay quiet respect to those who gave their lives repelling aggression.

What became known as World War I did not end all wars; in fact, the punitive terms of the 1919 peace treaties helped give rise to the vastly more destructive, and this time truly global, World War II. Other wars and conflicts have continued to erupt in the sixty-nine years since the conclusion of World War II. World peace seems a forlorn ideal, as far off as it ever has. But what happened, or more precisely what stopped happening at 11:00 am on November 11th ninety-five years ago has inspired people to hope and pray for a permanent silencing of guns and a lasting peace. Do take two minutes on Tuesday, at 11:00 or some time of your own choosing, to pause and join the world in its yearning for peace.

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All Libraries Closed Tuesday, Nov. 11 for Veteran's Day

City of Santa Fe offices, including Municipal Court and Public Libraries will be closed on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 in observance of Veteran's Day. Trash and recycling services will be picked up on Tuesday; please have trash and recycling out before 8:00 a.m. Santa Fe Trails will operate on their Saturday schedule from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Parking facilities will operate on normal hours and regular fees will apply, however, street parking meters will be free in observation of the Veteran's Day Holiday. All city owned Recreation Centers will be closed.

Friday, November 07, 2014

Monday, November 03, 2014

November Art Exhibits at SFPL

Main Library: Will Karp -- “Shape-Ology: Exploring the Art of Shape” Photography, Prints, Altered Books

La Farge: Wendy Haas -- Celtic Abstract Art

Southside: Mary Handcock -- "Of the Kingdom" Mixed media

Ceramic Decoration Craft, Nov. 18-19

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Santa Fe Public Library Holiday Book Fair, Sunday, November 23, 1-4 p.m.

The Santa Fe Public Library’s Main Library (145 Washington Street) will be hosting a Holiday Book Fair on Sunday, November 23, for gift buyers or people who want new books at a great price for their own collection. The Book Fair will feature area publishers: SAR Press, AZRO Press, Bathtub Row Press, ABQ Press, New Mexico Book Association, and LPD Press/Rio Grande Books. Books for sale will be from Santa Fe, Los Alamos, Albuquerque, and other locations. There will be new books for sale at $1 and other steep discounts as well as recent releases. It is a place to go for books for the holidays and benefit the Santa Fe Library at the same time. Many of the books for sale are award-winning books.

In addition to the sale, there will be a special presentation of "How Chile Came to New Mexico" by Albuquerque author Rudolfo Anaya, illustrations by Nick Otero of Los Lunas, and translation by Nasario Garcia of Santa Fe. Books signed by all three will be available. Otero will have the original art from the book for people to see. There will also be a silent auction of signed books to benefit the Friends of the Santa Fe Library.

The event will be held in the Community Room of the Santa Fe Main Library from 1-4 p.m. and admission is free and open to the public.

For more information: Santa Fe Library – 505-955-6789 or Rio Grande Books - 505-344-9382 or

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Columbus Day Closures:

City offices, Municipal Court, libraries and recreation centers will be closed on Columbus Day, Monday, October 13, 2014.

Santa Fe Trails’ buses and Santa Fe Ride will operate on the Saturday schedule; Environmental Services Division will have regular scheduled collection for commercial and residential recycling and solid waste. Residential customers will need to have their recycling and solid waste placed at curbside by 8:00 a.m.; the Buckman Road Recycling and Transfer Station and the Caja del Rio Landfill will be open.

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

International Space Station: Spot the Station

Find out when and where you can spot the International Space Station with your naked eyes! Search the location nearest you at:

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